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Paulo Manuel Carvalho Sousa, CavIH ( ; born 30 August 1970) is a former Portuguesemarker footballer and current manager of Swansea City.

Sousa is widely acknowledged as one of the most celebrated and highly-regarded Portuguese footballers in the modern game. A member of the “Portuguese Golden Generation”, he was a classic defensive midfielder, hunting down every ball and possessing the ability to provide precision passes to his teammates anywhere on the field.

Injuries prematurely ended his illustrious career, but not before he claimed a hatful of titles.

Club career

Sousa started playing professionally for Benfica, being a starter from an early age, winning the national league in 1991 and the domestic cup two seasons later, playing alongside the likes of Rui Costa, João Vieira Pinto and Paulo Futre. He played an influential role in the Benfica's midfield, recovering the ball, setting the pace and launching precise long-range passes. During the 1992–93 season, in an away match against Boavista, and after Benfica's goalkeeper was sent off and all substitutions had been used, Sousa assumed the goalkeeper's place. Although he conceded a goal in the penalty kick that was the result of this red card, he went on to make a couple of heroic saves in the game which Benfica eventually won 3–2.

Later that summer, Sousa signed, together with teammate António Pacheco for Lisbonmarker neighbours Sporting CP. After a single season partnering the midfield with Luís Figo and Bulgarianmarker Krassimir Balakov, he moved to Juventus.

He played for the Turinmarker side for two seasons, leading it to the 1996 Champions League title. He also won the 1995 Italian championship cup, the Italian Super Cup, and finishing as runner-ups in the 1995 UEFA Cup.

Sousa then moved to Germanymarker to play for Borussia Dortmund, where he repeated the Champions League triumph the following season. The final was incidentally against his former side, Juventus.

Although he appeared in that game, Sousa's Dortmund spell was plagued with injuries, which followed him the remainder of his career. Sousa retired just short of his 32nd birthday, after a series of short, unassuming stints with Internazionale, Parma, Panathinaikos and Espanyol.

International career

A member of the Portugal squad that won the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship, Sousa went on to earn 51 caps for the senior national team, his international debut coming on 16 January 1991, in a 1–1 friendly against Spain.

He played for his country at Euro 96 and Euro 2000, and was a squad member at the 2002 World Cup, but did not play a single match. His last appearance came before the latter competition, a friendly 2–0 win over China.

Managerial career

Portuguese national team

Sousa began his coaching career by joining the coaching staff of the Portuguese national team, taking the helm of the under-15s, and in the summer of 2008 was appointed assistant to first-team coach Carlos Queiroz.

Queens Park Rangers

On 19 November 2008, he was appointed head coach of Championship team Queens Park Rangers. However, on 9 April 2009, Sousa was sacked, as the club claimed he had divulged sensitive information without permission from the club hierarchy, namely Dexter Blackstock's loan move to Nottingham Forest having been agreed without his knowledge.

Swansea City

Following Roberto Martínez's move to Wigan Athletic, Sousa was offered the role as Swansea City manager on 18 June 2009. He verbally accepted the deal, signing a three-year contract. He was appointed as manager on 23 June.

Statistics

Manager

Team Nation From To Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
Queens Park Rangers 19 November 2008 9 April 2009 26 7 12 7 26.9
Swansea City 23 June 2009 Present 17 7 7 3


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